The 2017 Cos d'Estournel is a remarkable Bordeaux blend that showcases the elegance and power of the St Estephe region in Bordeaux, France. With a deep, dark color, this wine immediately captivates the senses. On the nose, enticing aromas of preserved plums, boysenberries, blackcurrant pastilles, and wild blueberries emerge, accompanied by subtle hints of Indian spices, menthol, lilacs, and mossy tree bark. This complex bouquet invites anticipation and promises a truly exceptional tasting experience.
On the palate, the 2017 Cos d'Estournel delivers a full-bodied and concentrated sensation that is both luxurious and textured. The wine displays a serious depth of flavor, with a perfect pairing of power and elegance. The glycerin-filled finish coats the palate, leaving a mélange of dark fruits that linger for almost 50 seconds, creating a truly memorable and satisfying experience.
Crafted from a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc, this wine achieves an alcohol content of 13% with a pH of 3.7. The grapes were harvested between September 12 and September 30, ensuring optimal ripeness and flavor development. It is worth noting that the Grand Vin was made from only 40% of the harvest, ensuring the highest quality and expression of the terroir.
Renowned wine critics have showered the 2017 Cos d'Estournel with high praise. Jeff Leve awarded it a score of 97, highlighting its concentration, depth of flavor, and lush texture. James Suckling awarded it a score of 98, praising its finesse, tightness, and long finish. Jeb Dunnuck gave it a score of 94, noting its classic style and balanced structure. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it a score of 98+, predicting it will age gracefully for at least 40 years.
This impressive wine has also received accolades from Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, and Wine Spectator, further solidifying its status as a standout Bordeaux. With its structure, balance, and aging potential, the 2017 Cos d'Estournel is a wine that demands attention and promises to be a true head-turner. It is recommended to cellar this wine for 5-7 years before enjoying its full potential.